Romans Chapter 2
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The Jews could not be justified by the law of Moses, any more than the Gentiles by the law of nature. (1-16) The sins of the Jews confuted all their vain confidence in their outward privileges. (17-29)1-16 The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous. But all who act thus, of every nation, age, and description, must be reminded that the judgment of God will be according to their real character. The case is so plain, that we may appeal to the sinner's own thoughts. In every wilful sin, there is contempt of the goodness of God. And though the branches of man's disobedience are very various, all spring from the same root. But in true repentance, there must be hatred of former sinfulness, from a change wrought in the state of the mind, which disposes it to choose the good and to refuse the evil. It shows also a sense of inward wretchedness. Such is the great change wrought in repentance, it is conversion, and is needed by every human being. The ruin of sinners is their walking after a hard and impenitent heart. Their sinful doings are expressed by the strong words, "treasuring up wrath." In the description of the just man, notice the full demand of the law. It demands that the motives shall be pure, and rejects all actions from earthly ambition or ends. In the description of the unrighteous, contention is held forth as the principle of all evil. The human will is in a state of enmity against God. Even Gentiles, who had not the written law, had that within, which directed them what to do by the light of nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they kept or broke these natural laws and dictates, their consciences either acquitted or condemned them. Nothing speaks more terror to sinners, and more comfort to saints, than that Christ shall be the Judge. Secret services shall be rewarded, secret sins shall be then punished, and brought to light.
17-24 The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonour done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbours who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonour God, and cause his name to be blasphemed.
25-29 No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith. For he is no more a Christian now, than he was really a Jew of old, who is only one outwardly: neither is that baptism, which is outward in the flesh: but he is the real Christian, who is inwardly a true believer, with an obedient faith. And the true baptism is that of the heart, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Ghost; bringing a spiritual frame of mind, and a willing following of truth in its holy ways. Let us pray that we may be made real Christians, not outwardly, but inwardly; in the heart and spirit, not in the letter; baptized, not with water only, but with the Holy Ghost; and let our praise be, not of men, but of God.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Kristin's Romans Chapter 2 comment on 11/27/2014, 9:01pm...
We are all blessed with gifts. We just need to step out of ourselves and find them in charity. When we begin to open our eyes to those in need we begin to see other ways which we can help, or get others to help. This is a blessing that we can all share.
John ritter's Romans Chapter 2 comment on 10/26/2014, 8:03pm...
Rhonda Waltons romans ch 2 verse 11 You are Blessed, Stop and think about it. Paul was blessed and see the problems he had he was killed. We are blind to blessings some times. I know you will see it. Keep the Trust in Jesus Christ.
Amanda's Romans Chapter 2 comment on 8/28/2014, 4:01pm...
Addressing the comment from Rhonda. Who says that you are not blessed. We all make mistakes and our father knows who we are. Everyday should be a new day of opportunities that he has in store for us as we ask and seek what that is. I believe that everything is given at do time. Personal experience I have asked that same qustion,and the ones that I felt that they were getting the best, I found out that they go through hardship as well. I feel that we are all blessed and we don 't full see the opportunities that have been placed towards us and take advantage of what we do have. We forget very easily of where we came from, what we been through and where we are now. Most of the time our choose leads us in the wrong path, but even when that happens we have the another chance to make corrections to given if we ask for the help from our father. We are learning every day, going through life and experiencing good and bad changes. With all that being said what still remains the same through all of that is our father. I mean Jesus, GOD 's only begotten son that die on the cross for you and I sins and rose from the die after three days. Have faith and belive that your grow and your crops that he has for you is for you and will only be for you... I hope these words are encouraging to you for we need to be remind day after day. This includes myself as well.
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